Mother Nature has held serve once again. As we announced Friday afternoon on social media, the Alton Blakley Lake Cumberland Open has been rescheduled for next weekend, September 29-30. At the time the decision was made, the forecast for rain and storms on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday led us to believe that we would hardly be able to play any matches at all–especially on Sunday. So the difficult decision was made to postpone the tournament by one week in hopes that the weather for the next weekend would be much better.
Since the same exact set of players is unlikely to be involved on the new weekend (some current players will drop out, some previously unavailable players will want in, some doubles partners can play but some can’t, etc.), in a case like this we must COMPLETELY RE-OPEN THE ENTRIES and ask that all players re-register. Those who were unavailable for the original Columbia weekend are more than welcome to enter for the rescheduled date. Entries are now re-opened with a deadline of Tuesday 9/25 at 6:00PM EDT.
Just as was the case two weeks ago with the Columbia tournament, this was not an easy decision on the part of the tournament director, the Lake Cumberland Tennis Association, and the CKTS. We take into account a detailed look at multiple weather forecasts (which we do realize can change, yet decisions must be made at some point) and attempt to make a decision that is best for the majority of the players and spectators involved.
Please note too that the SOME DRAWS MAY BE RE-MADE in many cases due to the fact that the rescheduled events will not necessarily contain a carbon copy of the original entrants. The new draws–with all re-entered participants and hopefully some new participants–will be re-posted by 9:00PM on Thursday 9/27.
While we realize that this situation will cause an inconvenience to some players and families, we do greatly appreciate the understanding and patience that most of you will display in these circumstances.